Tackling Opioids in Suffolk County

Stories From Suffolk, a policy conversation among leading experts in the field on substance use and opioids, will take place at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in Southampton on Wednesday to assess the next steps that should be taken to combat the epidemic. The forum, modeled on the Stories From Sullivan series, which looked out how rural upstate New York communities handled the opioid crisis, will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

“County governments are the laboratories for developing smart public policy to combat the opioid crisis in New York,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in announcing the forum.

Experts will include medical providers, scholars, community advocates, faith leaders, state officials, local law enforcement officials, and criminal justice advocates. They include Dr. Jim Malatras, president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, a policy think tank, State Senator Peter Harckham of Westchester County, who is the chairman of the Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in the State Senate, Suffolk County Police Chief Stuart Cameron, and Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez, the commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

Two separate panels will be convened to discuss prevention methods and focus on treatment and recovery options. Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini will give the keynote address. Breakfast and registration will begin at 9 a.m.